Wednesday 14 August 2019
There can be good come out of the wreckage of neoliberalism and social democracy
Speaking for myself I am deeply disturbed by conservative politics particularly it's self-serving, self-righteousness, and the increasing violence associated with both.
It's the old, very old story of divide and conquer and ruling through fear and hate narrative. It's the tyranny of either/or in all its ugliness.
The ideologies of neoliberalism and social democracy and attempts to combine the two with some new no longer serve us. I doubt they ever did.
We need a new story. Thankfully there are hints of it everywhere.
This book suggests 16 principles for the new political story. Below are the first two:
1. We want to live in a place guided by empathy, respect, justice, generosity, courage, fun and love.
2/ We want to live in a place governed by judgements that are honestly made, supported by evidence, accountable and transparent.
What say you?
Of course these are great principles for a remarkable workplace to right?
In a conversation with my daughter a few evenings ago (she is in her 40's) she spoke of our need to stop trying to fix the old systems and instead build new ones. I couldn't agree more.
Politics, religion, education, economics, as well as many aspects of business are broken. We need to co-create new systems that truly serve people and help to take care of our planet.
What say you?
Who will you become?
What will you do next?